Former postdoctoral research associate working on the mechanisms of bacterial surface adhesion.
Photograph of Rachel Walton.

Rachel worked as a postdoctoral research associate (2011-12) with Steve Rolfe (in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences) and me as part of the Cell-Mineral Research Centre. She worked on the adhesion of extra-cellular DNA to surfaces, as well as its role in bacterial adhesion. Rachel has, more than most, a varied background, having lived in Kuwait and Italy, despite coming from the North East. She did her PhD (apparently in surgery!) in Manchester and spent some time there before coming to Sheffield in March 2011. She's photographed here in Coffee Revolution in the rather wonderful University of Sheffield Students' Union, where I like to talk about science without being interrupted.

Dr Steve Rolfe


A. L. Morales-García, R. Walton, J. T. Blakeman, S. A. Banwart, J. H. Harding, M. Geoghegan, C. L. Freeman, and S. A. Rolfe "The role of extracellular DNA in microbial attachment to oxidized silicon surfaces in the presence of Ca2+ and Na+" Langmuir 37 9838-50 (2021)

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